Nashville Auto Show puts new models on display – The Tennessean
Gear up for the latest makes and models of cars — and take them for a spin.
The Nashville International Auto Show rolls into the Music City Center this weekend, flaunting 2015 models, exotics, luxury vehicles, some pre-production vehicles and plenty of hands-on opportunities.
“Not only can people come to the show and see and touch the newest makes and models, there are three test-drive opportunities at the show,” said show director Todd Hovsepian.
Drive and ride Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat in the Chrysler Drive, try Scion’s FR-S, TC and xB in the Scion Live Drive or take out Chevrolet, Buick and GMC on “The Drive.”
Attendees who register for the complimentary service will drive the car of their choice on a route around the Music City Center with a representative.
With 19 manufacturers and more than 350 new makes and models, car fans can spot everything from the award-winning 2015 Volkswagon Golf to the McLaren 650S Spider to Maseratis and Audis.
The show is just to explore the options, however — not to buy.
“The purpose of the show is for people to come with no sales pressure environment,” Hovsepian said.
Dealers enjoy the environment as well, taking the opportunity to observe the competition and promote their models’ outstanding features.
“When a customer sees all the vehicles side by side, they see the quality and the engineering,” said Frank Odrobina, general manager of Hyundai of Cool Springs.
Show-goers can also spot the latest trends — all safety-driven.
“A lot to do with blind-spot monitoring, automatic braking if a car in front of you brakes and safety features — people like gadgets,” Odrobina said.
Appealing to all audiences, children can meet the singing, dancing and talking King Robota on Saturday, and social media-savvy visitors can use #nashvilleautoshow on Instagram or Twitter for a chance to win an iPhone 6.
Tickets also include a free one-year subscription to Motor Trend Magazine.
If you go
What: Nashville International Auto Show
When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Music City Center, 201 Fifth Ave. S.
Tickets: $9, $5 for ages 7-12, 62 and older and military, free for children 6 and younger; free for children 12 and younger on Sunday with a paying adult